A Mass of Christian Burial for Lincoln 'Mike' Mykland was held Jan. 12, 2013, at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Father Don Wagner and Deacon Jerry Snyder as celebrants. Mike, 87, passed away Jan. 9, 2013, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
Lincoln "Mike" Mykland was born Feb. 22, 1925, to Gladys Overland, and was adopted by Rev. Peter and Laura Mykland in Fargo. In his early years, Mike helped with the church and farm work. After high school, he began work on the Soo Line Railroad, mostly as brakeman and fireman and eventually conductor.
After Mike married Doryce Oliver, they had two sons, Gary and Donald, and lived in Lisbon, N.D. Doryce passed away in 1989.
Separation from family was a difficult part of railroad life, for trips lasted two or three days and sometimes longer. The heart of Mike's railroad duty was on the track from Enderlin, N.D., to Glenwood, N.D., but there were also trips north to Portal, N.D., on the Canadian border and south to the Twin Cities.
After retirement, Mike spent summers at Big Pine Lake, where he met Geneva Trout. They were married in 1996.
Mike loved the company of his wife. He also enjoyed family gatherings, camping and fishing.
Mike was a deeply religious man who took to heart the lessons learned from his father. He also loved the Bible - his favorite passage was John 3:16.
Mike was preceded in death by his first wife, Doryce; parents, Rev. Peter and Laura Mykland; son, Gary; and grandson, Anthony.
He is survived by his loving wife, Geneva, of Wadena; son, Don (Mary) Mykland; grandson, Greg (Alycia) Mykland; great-granddaughter, Madison; step-children, David (Elnora) Trout of Wadena, Carol (Martin) Wegscheid of Bluffton, Karlene (Jerry) Snyder of Wadena, Linda (Joel) Hagen of Cohasset, Roger (Patty) Trout of Virginia, Beckie (David) Vorderbruggen, John (Mary) Trout both of Wadena, and Paul Trout of Fergus Falls; as well as 29 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Brian Trout, Louie Wegscheid, Peter Hagen, Luke Trout, Derek Trout and Greg Mykland.
Burial will be held at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery in Lisbon, N.D.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena.